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Cape Dutch


A Protestant domestication of the style of the Counter Reformation, expressed in farmsteads set in extended landscapes with strategically placed architectural features, such as gateposts, walls, and utility buildings, such as wine cellars fowl runs given architectural treatment, the homesteads following set plans and having curvilinear gables. This style was based on short-span, symmetrical, rectangular-plan forms, usually with E, H, T, or U configurations (see Alphabet plans). The houses are single storied with thick lime-washed walls, economically disposed door-and window-openings, thatched with reeds and adorned with local variants of the Baroque and later Roccoco gables.